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An Update on Recent State Harassment Training Requirements


An Update on Recent State Harassment Training Requirements, and a Look Ahead to Possible Changes to Federal Law

In recent posts, we discussed developments in both California and Delaware law, which have expanded employers’ obligations to provide harassment training to employees.  In addition, both New York State and New York City have implemented laws aimed at reducing the incidence of sexual harassment in the workplace.

The following is a summary of the specific training requirements in each state:


In addition to the current requirement for manager training, employees must now receive at least one hour of training by January 1, 2020, to be repeated every two years.


Managers and employees must receive training by January 1, 2020, with retraining every two years.  Delaware has eliminated the duration requirements originally included in the bill.

New York State

Managers and employees must be trained by October 9, 2019, with annual training required. Learn more.

New York City

Managers and employees must receive training by April 2020. Learn more here.

Skillsoft is pleased to offer training solutions designed to help your company address all of these new requirements, as well as existing mandates in Connecticut and Maine. Our Compliance Solution library includes courses that are specifically built to incorporate the content and interactivity requirements in each state law, with flexible deployment options to enable effortless record-keeping.

In addition to state actions, Skillsoft is also watching an important development at the federal level.  On April 22, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would hear three cases on the question of whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or transgender status.  The Court’s ruling will settle the current split among the federal circuits, as well as clarify the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s enforcement role on this issue.

For more information about these cases and their potential outcome, please watch on-demand webinar, Latest Developments in U.S. Harassment Law:  Federal and State  with Wendy Fischman at Potomac Law Group, PLLC.

Charlie Voelker is the Director for Compliance Products at Skillsoft.

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